IAF hits Hamas targets in Gaza

IAF strikes two terrorist infrastructures belonging to Hamas in northern and central Gaza, after Gaza rocket explodes near border fence.

Elad Benari,

Israeli airstrike in Gaza (archive)
Israeli airstrike in Gaza (archive)

The Israel Air Force (IAF) overnight Tuesday struck two terrorist infrastructures belonging to Hamas in northern and central Gaza, the IDF Spokesperson stated.

According to the statement, the attack was in response to a rocket attack on southern Israel on Tuesday evening.

"The IDF holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for Gaza and will continue to operate firmly in order to preserve quiet in southern Israeli towns," according to the IDF statement.

On Tuesday evening at 9:00 p.m., a rocket landed from Gaza exploded near the security fence. No alarms were sounded in the Gaza Belt communities before the explosion, and it is believed the rocket missed its mark and exploded in Gaza.

Earlier, on Tuesday afternoon, "Color red" alert sirens sounded in the Sha'ar Hanegev region and in the Hof Ashkelon region.

The Iron Dome Missile Defense system fired a missile to intercept the apparent rocket fired from Gaza - but shortly afterwards it became clear that the system was activated due to false identification.

Instead of a rocket, bullets were fired by Gazan terrorists into Israel, setting off the anti-missile system.

The Iron Dome missile landed in open ground outside of Sderot, causing no wounds or damage.

On Monday night, Palestinian Arab media reported that terrorists in Gaza fired a rocket at Israeli civilians, but missed and struck its own territory, just inside the border fence. No sirens were sounded in the Gaza belt region.